Species Iris

Besides Iris ensata, (Japanese iris) and Iris laevigata we offer a few other species of the iris world for your garden.

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Iris japonica
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Native to Asia. Many (20 plus) small pale blue-lavender blooms, opening a few at a time, on a multi-branched stalk 18 to 24 inches. Needs afternoon shade and a loose humus-rich soil where it will become a ground cover. Evergreen foliage shows freeze damage at 25 F. Blooms early spring. Can also be grown in a container and brought indoors to protect from hard freezes. Zone 8-9

Iris pallida ‘Dalmatica’
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Collected and cultivated before 1600. Vigorous tall bearded, flower stems 36” with lightly sweet fragrant blue-violet flowers. Grow as you grow modern bearded irises. Zone 3-9


Iris setosa ‘Aaron’s Blue’

Lecomte 2018


Native to northern North America and northern Asia. Requiring moist rich composted soils slightly acidic. Full sun in maritime areas, afternoon shade elsewhere (grow as Iris ensata). 24-25 inches tall many violet blooms held with near-black spathes.  Needs a winter’s chill, Zone 3-8